African American Poetry (1870-1926): A Digital Anthology

Langston Hughes, "Fire-Caught" (1924)

The gold moth did not love him
So, gorgeous, she flew away.
But the gray moth circled the flame
   Until the break of day.
And then, with wings like a dead desire,
She fell, fire-caught, into the flame.


Published in The Crisis, April 1924
 

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